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A Most Unusual Gift Guide for the Hard-To-Buy-For People in Your Life

HOBNOB rounded up the most thoughtful, and uncommon, choices to thrill every person on your gift-buying list. You may now check holiday shopping off your repertoire of things to do!

[1] FOR THE PARTY PHOTOGRAPHER Lomo’Instant Wide camera for those who revel in capturing the beautiful—and bizarre—creatively. Instant photos always add to the party atmosphere. $259. lomography.com

[2] FOR THOSE WHO LOVE TO LOUNGE Earth-friendly foot fashion, made in America with regenerated cotton. Fun colors and patterns to choose from. below calf, $12.; over the knee, $18. rocknsocks.com

[3] FOR THE CONSCIENTIOUS COOK Trivets made of mulit-colored wool felt balls from Dutch design co Vilt Van Ver (Felt From Far). They work with Nepalese women giving them the opportunity to be financially independent. $39. ameico.com

[4] FOR THOSE WHO COLOR IN THE LINES Post this on your wall, floor, or cover a table for hours of coloring fun. Omy also features other cities. $15. ameico.com

[5] FOR THE ECO-CHIC The Rainforest collection from Dinosaur Designs, whose eco-friendly NYC studio uses only hydro and wind power comes a great selection of resin earth bowls and stone jewelry to choose from. $70 to $350. dinosaurdesigns.com

[6] FOR THOSE WHO REVEL IN SOPHISTICATED SCENTS Archipelago Havana Parsons soy candle is infused with aromas designed to transport you to Cuba: Bergamot, Tobacco Leaf, Ylang Ylang. $30. shoparchipelago.com

[7] FOR THE EXPLORER Hotel space in Cuba is at a premium, with travel agents and individuals unable to make direct bookings. Central Holidays has deluxe hotel space in Havana and first-class space in other cities blocked through December 2017. Vacation themes include: Hola Cuba, A Taste of Havana, Cruise Around Cuba, The City & The Sea, L’Chaim Cuba, and Afro Cubanismo. From $2999. latinamerica-vacations.com

[8] FOR THE HIPPIE-MINDED In 1969, Rolling Stone magazine issued a “Special Super-Duper Neat Issue” called “THE GROUPIES and Other Girls,” featuring the work of their chief photographer Baron Wolman. He photographed those women who followed and slept with rock stars. This issue would become iconic, making the girls instant celebrities, and caused quite a stir. See more than 150 photographs, including outtakes and contact sheets. amazon.com

[9] FOR THE ART & DANCE LOVER Primarily inspired by the drama of moving forms, this book follows a mulitmedia artist on his creative journey from traditional portraiture to increasingly abstract and altered images. A true treasure of unique imagery. Chasing Dragons: An Uncommon Memoir in Photographs by Bill Hayward. $42. amazon.com

[10] FOR THE PERSON WHO LIKES TO MAKE A SCENE The Medea Vodka LED bottle uses Bluetooth technology to wirelessly set and display a scrolling message. It also contains award-winning vodka. medeavodka.com

[11] FOR THE ART DECO AFICIANADO Classic style inlaid with cubic zirconia at a fraction of the cost of diamonds. Sterling Silver Art Deco Armor Knuckle Ring, $90. berricle.com

[12] FOR THE WORLD TRAVELER The Ginkgo Solar Tree charging station has an extra large rechargeable battery to store clean energy or be the perfect addition to your storm kit. Oneadaptr is a universal adapter designed to work in 150 countries, plus has 4 USB ports for charging. BiteMyApple.co has a pop-up store in NYC on Bowery, near Houston, so you can touch and feel their selection of cool tech accessories. Ginkgo Solar Tree, $120. Oneadaptr, $45. bitemyapple.co

[13] FOR THE FAMILY HISTORIANS Recently is the app that delivers 100 of your photos beautifully bound and printed on Mohawk paper for only $8.99 per month. Customize the book or magazine, or let the app do its thing. getrecently.com

[14] FOR THE PERSON WHO ALWAYS HAS SOMETHING TO SAY Adorable sound gadgets that allow you to record a message or song—much to the visual and aural delight of the recipient. Made of sustainable wood in Brooklyn, NY by Richard Upchurch. $60 to $90. brandnewnoise.com

[15] FOR THOSE WHO LIKE A STORY WITH THEIR WINE Hear the incredible story of the McBride sisters—wine pros who grew up continents apart and unaware of each other’s existence until after their father’s death. Raised among the vineyards of California and New Zealand, Robin and Andréa independently developed an appreciation for the art of winemaking and have combined their talents at Truvée with these complex, yet approachable wines.
2013 Red Blend: Velvety and rich with dark fruit character and intriguing spice notes, evocative of a Côtes du Rhône, $16.
2013 Chardonnay: Fruit forward with flavors of citrus, pear and granny smith apples with the suggestion of oak woven subtly through the wine for a bright, lingering finish, $16. truveewines.com

[16] FOR WINE & DOG LOVERS Give the wine created in honor of a beloved rescued dog, and do your part to help with the plight of all shelter animals.
2012 Tamura Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi: Rich, dark berries and black cherry flavors with layers of spice and chocolate, balanced by a light kiss of Lodi dust. 95% Zinfandel/5% Petit Syrah. $40. One percent of all the sales is donated to the Best Friends Animal Society. baroncooperwines.com

[17] FOR THAT PERSON WHO APPRECIATES THE EXCEPTIONAL From Apparatus, the studio on the edge of lighting design, comes a marble object collection which combines primitive utility and ancient ritual with a modern design. Rendered in solid Italian marble, this piece is destined to be an heirloom with endless appeal, $2400. apparatusstudio.com

[18] FOR THOSE WHO LIKE THE IDEA OF A PRIVATE CLUB Whisky Concierge offers its members the ability to participate in the world of luxury whisky through the collections and expertise of founder Mahesh Patel. Legendary bottles, extraordinary tastings, and travel to hand-selected spots are just some of the perks. Membership prices vary. whiskyconcierge.com

[19] FOR THE WHISKY CONNOISSEUR & SNOB Prometheus is a truly unique single malt whisky—whose synthesis will never ever be repeated. A first release with only 1,000 bottles available in North America, this 26-year-old single malt Highland whisky was bottled at the height of its power by one of the finest distilleries in the world, and is filled with character. $950. bespokespirits.net

[20] FOR THE COCKTAIL RESEARCHER Drinking the Devil’s Acre: A Love Letter From San Francisco & Her Cocktails is a smart mix of barman’s memoir and literary journalism. The book is named for a few famously hard-drinking blocks set in 19th-century San Francisco—the wickedest, wildest place in the whole wide world. $18. amazon.com

[21] FOR THOSE WHO EMBRACE BITTER Since in 1845 this digestive bitter liqueur has worked 27 herbs from four continents to achieve its high-proof status. For the 170 year anniversary, Fernet Branca offers this decorative tin, created to house and allow for re-use in delivery of your fave baked cookies. branca.it
$30.